The Q&A Archives: Squirrels vs My Garden

Question: My neighbor insists on seeing that the squirrels in the neighborhood are well fed. As a result, they are in my back yard constantly and ruining it. They dig holes in the yard in the fall to bury the peanuts my neighbor feeds them. And last fall I planted bulbs for perennial spring time flowers and have found the bulbs have been dug up and are all over my yard. What do I do?

Answer: As long as your neighbor keeps feeding the squirrels they won't be going anywhere soon. Nothing like a free buffet to encourage them to hang around. There's really nothing you can do to keep them from digging in your yard or your bulbs other than placing chicken wire over the ground to protect your bulbs. There may be some city or county ordinances against feeding wildlife. Check with your local county offices for other suggestions. Best wishes with your landscape.

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